He's Back: Minnesota Vikings Sign Wide Receiver Hank Baskett

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst ISeptember 21, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 7: Hank Baskett #84 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs on the field against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 7, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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In what may be viewed as a signing for depth purposes or to spell the end of trade rumors, the Minnesota Vikings signed Hank Baskett after he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

Baskett, an undrafted free agent from New Mexico, was originally signed by the Vikings before being traded away to Philadelphia in exchange for Billy McMullen.

After four mediocre seasons with the Eagles, Baskett signed with the Colts on September 17, 2009, due to Anthony Gonzalez going down with a season-ending knee injury.

His stint with the Colts is actually an infamous one because of his fumble on an onside kick during the second half of Super Bowl XLIV.

On March 12 of this year, Baskett signed with the Eagles on a one-year, $800,000 contract. He was released six months later.

He played in only two games with Philadelphia this year but didn't record a single stat. He's mainly known for playing on special teams.

His best season came with the Eagles in 2008 where he caught 33 passes for 440 yards and three touchdowns in six starts.

This is likely the main reason why Minnesota signed him on the day he was cut.

Although not struggling on special teams, Hank knows Minnesota's offense, so he shouldn't have a tough time fitting in with their scheme.

For now, Baskett will be the fifth receiver for the Vikings. When Sidney Rice returns, it's very possible that Hank could once again see his way out of Minnesota.

Well, at least the man has a very hot wife that he can go home to. For those who don't know, Kendra Wilkinson, a playboy model, is his better half.

Expect a fairly cheap one-year deal to be announced within the next 24 hours. This appears as though it's a done deal if Baskett can pass his physical.

Like I said before, Vincent Jackson will in no way be affected by this small signing. Minnesota is just using Hank as a band-aid until they can either acquire Jackson or get Sidney Rice back to being healthy once again.

Welcome back to Minnesota, Hank Baskett. Just make sure you can maintain the ball in your hands if an onside kick ever comes your way.